22nd Maintenance Group Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do.

Airman 1st Class Aurora Maldonado-Garcia, 22nd Maintenance Group aircraft maintenance unit analyst, was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of Nov. 2-8.

Maldonado-Garcia, a Cypress, Texas native, joined the Air Force in July of 2013, and has been a member of Team McConnell since January of 2014.

As an aircraft maintenance unit analyst, Maldonado-Garcia provides metrics to MXG leaders to enable sound decisions that positively impact maintenance practices.

When she is not working, Maldonado-Garcia likes to work out, volunteer and give back to the community.

"Aurora was chosen due to her exceptional work performance and extracurricular involvement," said 1st Lt. Mitchell Metzler, 22nd Maintenance Group maintenance operations officer in charge. "She is an extremely enthusiastic Airman that brings positive energy to her work center. I have no doubt that Aurora will continue to flourish among her peers as she continues in her Air Force career."

Who is the most positive influence in your life and why?
My mother is the most positive influence in my life. She is the one person that has pushed me to do my best at everything and taught me to always be positive no matter how well or bad things are going.

If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why? 
If I could give advice to new Airmen, I would tell them that things can get hard and people can sometimes be negative. However, seeing the positive side of everything will help you get through and make your Air Force career the most exciting career out there.

What is one goal that you have already accomplished, or would like to accomplish, during your Air Force career? 
A goal I would like to accomplish during my Air Force career is to become an NCO or Senior NCO and be a positive influence on Airmen.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled and why do you feel that way? 
The most interesting place I've traveled was to downtown San Antonio. It was interesting to see the Alamo and learn about the culture. I was also impressed with the wide variety of people and culture which the area had to offer.

If you had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
If I had the opportunity to meet anyone in the world, I would love to meet Dana Linn Bailey. She is my motivation when I workout, and I would love to try some of her intense workouts.